€2m in fund­ing for lo­cal roads

The Corkman - - NEWS - BILL BROWNE

MORE than a dozen lo­cal and ru­ral roads around Cork County Coun­cil’s Kan­turk/Mal­low are set to un­dergo ma­jor works pro­grammes though fund­ing un­veiled this week un­der the 2018 Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Scheme (CIS).

The Min­is­ter at the De­part­ment of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, this week an­nounced that more than €2 mil­lion has been al­lo­cated to the au­thor­ity un­der the scheme for re­me­dial works to roads across its eight mu­nic­i­pal dis­tricts in 2018 and 2019.

Through a joint ap­proach be­tween lo­cal res­i­dents and landown­ers the lo­cal au­thor­ity, the CIS scheme is aimed at specif­i­cally ad­dress­ing the con­di­tion of mi­nor roads that would typ­i­cally carry only small amounts of lo­cal traf­fic.

Un­der the ini­tia­tive, 15% of the cost of works is cov­ered by lo­cal com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tions, with the re­minder be­ing cov­ered by funds from the CIS scheme.

Of the 49 roads ap­proved for fund­ing across Cork, 13 are in the Kan­turk/Mal­low area, with works at five roads at Drom­sligo, Knock­nakilla Castle­mag­ner and New­mar­ket set to be un­der­taken this year.

The re­main­ing eight roads, spread across the Mal­low, Mill­street and New­mar­ket ar­eas, will be done in 2019.

Cllr John Paul O’Shea (FG) wel­comed the fund­ing and com­mended the com­mu­ni­ties that ap­plied to the scheme.

“Since 2009 over­all the fund­ing for road resur­fac­ing has dropped so this is the only re­al­is­tic way of im­prov­ing small ru­ral roads and cul-de-sacs,” said Cllr O’Shea.

“Coun­cil of­fi­cials will be in con­tact with the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants shortly to make ar­range­ments for re­ceiv­ing their con­tri­bu­tions so the works can be car­ried out.”

Cllr O’Shea said that should ap­pli­cants on the 2018 list fail to make a pay­ment or de­cide not to avail of the scheme the coun­cil would con­sider other ap­pli­ca­tions and may push some of the works sched­ule for 2019 for­ward to this year.

Cllr John Paul O’Shea (FG).

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